Posted by: thebellalife | July 31, 2009

STYLE: A Plethora of Design Style Choices

 

 There are literally endless home decorating styles and ideas you can incorporate into each and every room in your home. And since no two people are exactly alike, each of you has a distinctive personality, style, and flair that you should accentuate with your furniture and home decor.

 

Which STYLE are YOU?

 

Shabby chic

Shabby chic was a term coined by a fantastic interior designer by the name of Rachel Ashwell in the late 1980s. This style of decorating combines old, worn household items and furniture handed down from the 1900s to 1950s that are then tidied up with care and painted white. The end result is elegant simplicity. The shabby chic décor is all about chipped and peeling paint, furniture items that are weathered looking, vintage linens (lacy or not), floral fabrics such as slipcovers (on chairs and couches) and lots of white everywhere for a clean, lived-in feeling that is comfortable.

 
Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic

 

 

Vintage

In the most general sense, vintage furniture is any furniture that was produced between the year 1920 and the late 1970s. Some manufacturers are a little more flexible in their classifications about what years constitute vintage items and stretch out the date to include the early to mid 1980s. Many times this look is combined with Shabby Chic or Cottage Style decor. 

 

Vintage

Vintage

  

 

Retro

Often the word “retro” is also used when discussing vintage furniture and décor, although retro is more often used to describe clothing as opposed to furniture. The distinction between the two is that retro is much stricter in its terminology. Retro items are furniture and household items that were products of the 1960s and 1970s, no earlier and no later, while vintage spanned a much longer time period.

 

Retro

Retro

 

 

Contemporary

Contemporary furnishings are considered to be a form of modern furniture but are even more modern than the modern furniture just described. Contemporary designs in furniture first made their appearance where modern furniture left off in the 1960s.

For example, if you own a couch made in 1962, then it is a piece of modern furniture, whereas a chair manufactured in 1983 is a contemporary piece.

 

HGTV

HGTV

  
   
 
 
Transitional
  
  Transitional furniture is a mixture of Traditional and Contemporary furniture. It sits between
 Traditional because of its classical lines, elegant fabrics, and wood details. However, it has lines that are less ornate than Traditional styles, but not as basic as contemporary lines.
The Transitional color palette consists of a lack of color to produce a clean and tranquil atmosphere. The most common colors that are used for the Transitional style include white, black, beige, brown, tan, and taupe.
  
Transitional

Transitional

  
  
  
  
Country
  

This style recalls the spirit of eighteenth century homes in England and America. Fresh, yet refined, it creates an ideal setting for muted colors and dark wood furniture. Rooms feature wood or rough tile floors and partially wood-paneled walls enhanced with chair rails or picture rails, often painted in white lacquer. Small shelves placed above the windows exhibit ceramic pieces: teapots, pitchers, cups. Hammered copper pieces may also brighten up kitchens.

  
 
Country

Country

 

  
  
 Moroccan

Moroccan decor and furniture originates from Hispanic-Moorish influences and has become popular because of its dramatic jewel toned colors, lovely exotic patterns, and elegant Moroccan fabrics. The beauty about Moroccan home design is that it draws and blends influences from Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

 

Moroccon

Moroccon

  

  
Country French

Decorating French Country comprises of many elements, with the resulting look being  old world and inviting. This particular style is ideal for both country houses and elegant old homes, and offers a warm and casual feel.

 An essential piece used in decorating French Country is that of natural materials. The addition of painted plaster walls, beamed ceilings, intricately carved wood details, and chair seats woven of rush material add simplicity to this look.

 
Country French

Country French

  
  
  
Mission Style
  
Mission style decorating and furniture (also called Arts and Crafts furniture and decor) is characterized by a style of home design and furnishings that emphasizes natural materials (especially wood) and showcases precise straight lines in squares and rectangles in its design.
 
Mission Style

Mission Style

 
Tuscan
  
The Tuscan decorating style offers a variety of materials to choose from, which are comprised of wood, marble, stone, or fabric. Furthermore, the furniture pieces are large, ornate, and contain details from Roman architecture. Think Old Time Europe!
 
Sources and Design

Tuscan

 

 
Cottage
  
When one walks into a home with Cottage style decorating, he/she feels warm and cozy. There are specific elements that are essential to giving your home that authentic Cottage touch. Cottage style decorating draws ingredients from the old look of the past. This form of decorating encompasses having a room full of natural colors, distressed furniture, with it sometimes being wicker.
 
Cottage

Cottage

 
 
 
Eclectic
 The Eclectic furniture style combines elements from at least two decorating styles.The beauty with an eclectically decorated home is that it does not adhere to one major style and it gives you the opportunity to be creative by incorporating other styles. How about a little contemporary+traditional+funky?
Eclectic

Eclectic

There are so many more styles out there. Don’t hesitate to try elements of each in your own decor.
Debs
 
 
Coming Up in My Next Post: A Great Decor Store
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